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Surprise Long Distance Parent

Editor note : Being a long distance parent isn’t usually something we anticipate when we have kids. Heck, sometimes even kids are a complete surprise. In this post, a father who lives in the US shares how a past relationship made him an instant international long distance parent. I live in the US and I […]

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How-Tos

Triage for the New Long Distance Parent

For the first time ever, you are a parent without your child. For the first time, you feel a million miles way from them, even if you are really only a city, a state or a country away. Adjusting to being a new long distance parent is tough! Best case, you have a great relationship […]

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My Two Beautiful Daughters are in Another Country

I am in Australia and my wife (soon to be ex) and 2 beautiful daughters are in Jakarta, Indonesia. My girls are only 2.5 years and 3 months old. I barely know the littlest one; I was there for her birth. But the 2.5 yr old lived with me and my wife in Australia for […]

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Long Distance Parenting

What Long Distance Parenting Is and Is Not

Parenting is hard and it’s full of tough decisions from birth and even past the time that the kid(s) are adults. The decision to be at a distance from a child is a valid or even necessary option sometimes and is one of the single toughest decisions to make. Long distance parents are not deadbeats or abandoning their kids. In fact, the decision to be apart from a child is just the first step of the tough road that they navigate to maintain a loving relationship with the child.

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How-Tos

10 Points of Strategy for the Contentious Co-parenting Relationship

These 10 strategy recommendations are for the parent that is facing that worst case scenario in a contentious co-parenting relationship.

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Personal Experience

Tech for Tots

Allie: O;)??i?$73 Me: Hi sweetheart, how is your day? Allie: Gsksjsofjfjserr Me: Are you ready for your birthday? I can’t believe you’re going to be 5!!! Allie: Gwygegeyeu Bhhdydhsydhdydh Me: I love you, Princess. XOXO Allie: I. Love. You. Daddy And that is roughly what 99% of my text message communications with my daughter look like.Typically just a string of nonsensical characters, only rarely forming any word […]